Summer is here and although we have had some rather cool days for June, our days are starting to get up into the high 90s and very humid making it feel much hotter.  Very hot days were predicted for the weekend we had the family reunion but Mother Nature decided to give us temperatures in the low to mid 80s with a nice breeze.  It was wonderful!  The reunion was a grand success, and we plan on having it at our place again next year.

With the reunion, cleaning up, and getting everything back in their storage places, my crafting time this month has been cut short.  And in addition to all that, my husband had surgery this month.  So I played nurse for a few days.  He’s not a good patient; but in all fairness, I am not a good nurse either.  LOL  But I have managed some finishes and some progress on other things.

  • My weekly goal of three Quad Log Cabin blocks was met with 12 blocks completed. I now have a total of 110 blocks stored in that nice big white box waiting for the remaining 82 blocks to be completed.  I love seeing the number of blocks completed increase as the other number decreases.  It gives me just enough boost to keep me going on this long-term project.

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  • I got all of the appliqués fused to the 14 placemats. I hope to get them all stitched down in July, but it will be a tedious job so may take two months to do that.  And if I decide to do the appliqué stitching by hand, I will allow myself three or four months to get them all done.  That will leave plenty of time to quilt and bind them and have them ready for Christmas giving.  To give you an idea of how tedious this is going to be, here is a picture of half a leaf and there are eight of these tiny intricate pieces to do on each of those 14 placemats.  Yes, you did see that right.  That piece is 2 1/2 inches wide x approximately 1 1/4 inches tall with a lot of ins and outs.

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I finished quilting my nephew’s quilt.  I did have a problem when quilting the outer border.  My nephew pressed the seam between the inner black border and the outer orange print border toward the orange.  Doing the beadboard quilting required me to stitch in the ditch which unfortunately in this case was on the black.  Why was this a problem you ask?  I was using a bright yellow/red/orange/green variegated thread, and I am not the best at stitching in the ditch.  But I found a solution which cost me some extra time but worked.  I used a black Pigma pen to color the variegated thread where it was not supposed to be showing but was.  Now you see it; now you don’t.  In spite of this minor problem, this quilt was such fun to quilt!

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  •  My youngest sister moved from an apartment to a duplex and needed new curtains.  She wanted light pink and blue in her kitchen, so I pulled all my blue and pink fabrics for her to choose from.  She chose a very light pastel pink and blue plaid.  I made simple cafe curtains with a valance and gathered them on spring loaded curtain rods.  They look real cute, but I forgot to take a picture.  Maybe I’ll remember to take pictures when I take the curtains to her for her dining, living, and bedroom which are now in the works.
  • I have given up on my goal to finish a doll clothes pattern every other month. So far this year although three have been in the works, I’ve only finished one.  I knew it was a lofty goal and gave it my best shot.  But life got in the way.  So doll clothes patterns have been removed from my goals list.  But on a positive note, I’ve sold two copies of the one pattern that I published this year, and it has only been available for one month.  Not one of my hottest patterns, but not a failure either.  I did receive pictures from the coat pattern tester of her finished coat. It is as cute as can be.  And she sent me some very good constructive comments that I hope to get incorporated into my instructions in time for a Fall release.

Oh, did I mention that my husband bought me a new sewing machine?  It is a Bernina 590!  I’ve already taken my classes and am definitely enjoying sewing on this dream machine.  I hope to come up with an embroidery project soon so I can try out the embroidery module.  Fun!  Fun!

Until next month, happy crafting,

Lana

 

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